WED, JULY 15 2020-theG&BJournal– The Niger State government has appealed to all riverine communities, particularly the flood prone areas in the State and those situated along the tributaries of river Niger, to be cautious and pay attention to the rising water levels in the areas.
Mary Noel Berje, the chief press secretary to the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Wednesday drew the attention of the attention of the communities to the impending flood warning by the National Emergency Management agency, (NEMA), Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET), which predicted that many local government areas in the State among other States fall within the highly probable flood risk areas for 2020.
‘’The State Government advised that since the rising tide of the rivers could be uncontrollable and dangerous, the riverine communities should immediately relocate to higher plains in order to avoid the catastrophic floods of last year (2019),’’ Berje said in a statement issued today.
She said, ‘’people living in urban areas of the State are therefore admonished to clean culverts and drainages around their vicinities to avoid urban flooding.’’
The State Government is currently on a an early flood warning public information and enlightenment campaign ‘’to ensure that the riverine communities are adequately informed to prepare for and prevent eventual consequences of the flood,’’ according to the State government’s statement.